From one of our greatest living writers comes a sweeping novel of unrequited love and exile, war and family. This compelling fictionalised biography explores the life and times of the exiled German Nobel winner Thomas Mann, exquisitely balancing the intimate and momentous.
No living novelist dramatizes artistic creation as profoundly, as luminously, as Colm Tóibín… reading him is among the deepest pleasures our literature can offer ~ Garth Greenwell
The Magician by Colm Tóibín
The Magician tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but have a clear vision of the future in the second, anticipating the horrors of Nazism.
He would have six children and keep his homosexuality hidden; he was a man forever connected to his family and yet bore witness to the ravages of suicide. He would write some of the greatest works of European literature, and win the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity.
Through one life, Colm Tóibín tells the breathtaking story of the twentieth century.